The Resource Beyond the high blue air : a memoir, Lu Spinney

Beyond the high blue air : a memoir, Lu Spinney

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Beyond the high blue air : a memoir
Title
Beyond the high blue air
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Lu Spinney
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
When Lu Spinney's twenty-nine-year-old son, Miles, flies up on his snowboard, "he knows he is not in control as he is taken by force up the ramp," writes his mother, "skewing sideways as his board clips the edge and then he is hurtling, spinning up, up into the free blue sky ahead . . ." He lands hard on the ice and falls into a coma. This begins the erratic loss -- Miles first in a coma and then trapped in a fluctuating state of minimal consciousness -- that unravels over the next five years. Spinney, her husband, and three other children put their lives on hold to tend to Miles at various hospitals and finally in a care home. They hold out hope that he will be returned to them. With blunt precision, Spinneyc chronicles her family's intimate experience. This is a story about ambiguous loss: the disappearance of someone who is still there. Three quarters of the way through, however, Spinney's story takes a turn. The family and, to the degree that he can communicate, Miles himself come to view ending his life as the only possible release from the prison of his body and mind. Spinney, cutting her last thread of hope, wishes for her son to die. And yet, even as she allows this difficult revelation to settle, she learns that this is not her decision to make. Because Miles is diagnosed as a being in a -minimally conscious state- rather than a -persistent vegetative state, - there is no legal way to bring about his death, a bewildering paradox that Spinney navigates with compassion and wisdom. Encompassing the lyrical revelations of a memoir like Jean-Dominique Bauby's THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY and the crucial medical and moral insights of a book such as Atul Gawande's BEING MORTAL, Lu Spinney's BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR is at once a portrait of the fearlessness of familial love and the profound dilemma posed by modern medicine
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
Beyond the high blue air : a memoir, Lu Spinney
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Beyond the high blue air : a memoir, Lu Spinney
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"First published in hardcover in Great Britain in 2016 by Atlantic Books, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd."--Title page verso
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text
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txt
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Dimensions
21 cm.
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Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781936787548
Lccn
2016952067
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia.
Media type code
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